With the compass in hand, Emma needs only the ashes remaining from the armoire to transport herself along with Snow and the rest of the crew back to Storybrooke. Her immediate quest seems now in reach. But who will get transported along with their small party? Will Hook traverse into our world? What about Cora (Barbara Hershey)? I have a feeling that Hook and Cora provide a more sinister menace than Rumple and Regina (Lana Parrilla). Both Regina and Rumple are driven by love and loss, and I'm not entirely sure that Hook is driven by anything other than ego and wounded pride. He'd humiliated Rumple for no other reason than he had been a defenseless and more vulnerable opponent. And Cora seems driven only by power.
And what of this dream that both Sleeping Beauty and Henry have? A red room of flame and fire with no doors or windows — an adversary with fearsome eyes. Maleficent? It would make sense that Sleeping Beauty would have nightmares of her Evil Witch — but Henry? What is their connection? Any ideas? It is clearly important, but how?
I keep coming back to the Giant's words, "the victors tell the tale." It is so true of history, going back through the centuries in all of civilization. It is the victor that gets to tell the tales, to write the history books. And so often that history is revised to rationalize, frame or spin the story so the outcome creates the illusion that the victors were right, were the good guys, were the valorous ones saving humanity from the giants, ogres and oppressors, when it might just as easily have been the other way around.
These are highly significant words for Once Upon a Time's narrative. In traditional fairy tales, the victors are the "good guys," and from within the story, they are the ones to have the final say. But the series has turned traditional narrative on its head, providing alternative explanations — alternate histories for all of the fairy tale characters. Maybe the good guys aren't necessarily quite as good as they'd have us believe, and the "bad guys" not quite as evil (or at least without provocation or reason.